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Before The Deluge: The Jews Of South Africa

10 Tishri 5773 – September 25, 2012
The oldest Jewish settlements arose in Cape Town, Kimberley, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Burgersdorp. The settlements in Grahamstown and Graaf Reinet have dissolved. There was a (Jewish) community established in Cape Town, which is the oldest is South Africa, while in Johannesburg, which today houses the largest Jewish settlement in the country, the settlement was first built there in 1887, when about 88 settlers came in from England and Australia to develop the mineral wealth of the land.

Five Pairs of Brothers and Sisters Make Aliyah and Enlist in the Army...

Every year, young soldiers from overseas are enlisted into the Israeli Defense Forces through the Garin Tzabar program. The distance from their families and friends combined with the acclimation to their new country makes their service especially challenging. This year, however, at least for five pairs of brothers from the United States and Australia, the experience should be somewhat less difficult.

U.S. Graduates Seek Work in Israel

9 Tishri 5773 – September 24, 2012
When Joanna Lieberman was preparing for graduation from Cornell University five years ago, her career options were unsettling.

Enraged Zionists Burn Apple stores!

8 Tishri 5773 – September 23, 2012
Imagine Jews reacted to slights the way Muslims reacted throughout the Middle East and Europe.

The Staggering Costs of a Special Needs Child

6 Tishri 5773 – September 21, 2012
The spectrum of special-needs children ranges from mental to physical to psychological and sometimes all three. A 2008 study by the United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 14 percent of children in this country fit into this category, and about 20 percent of families have at least one special-needs child. The definition of a special-needs child can range from one who is diagnosed with a mild learning disability to one who has a life-threatening condition, such as cystic fibrosis. This article will focus on the more severe categories.

The Graveyard of Neoconservatism

Democracy only works when the character of the people is better than the character of their government. It works very badly when the character of the people is actually worse and the existing system serves much the same purpose as bars in a tiger cage do. The neo-conservatives were unprepared to grapple with such troubling notions.

Despite Media Pile-On, Romney Isn’t Toast

So while some of us were celebrating the Jewish New Year and taking the last couple of days off from politics, it appears a video has more or less decided the election. That’s the assumption of much of the mainstream media about the impact of the release of the video of Mitt Romney speaking back in May at a private fundraiser about the 47 percent of the country that doesn’t pay taxes. They think this means it’s time to put a fork in the Republican candidate.

Jews Less than 0.2% of World Population

5 Tishri 5773 – September 20, 2012
According to a study by Hebrew University’s Professor Sergio DellaPergola, the global Jewish population reached 13.75 million in the past year, with an increase of 88,000 people. Israel’s Maariv newspaper published excerpts of the study last week, reporting that one out of every 514 people in the world is Jewish, less than 0.2 percent of mankind.

House Members: Holder and Clinton Considering Release of ‘Blind Sheikh’

In a strongly worded letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, eight members of congress have demanded that a request to release Omar Abdel-Rahman from federal prison be rejected. Abdel-Rahman, known as the “blind sheikh,” inspired the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and is serving a life sentence for his role in a plot to conduct assassinations and destroy bridges, tunnels and other landmarks in New York City.

Israeli Company Wins Tender to Build Milk Parlors for Belarus

An Israeli company has won a 12 million-euro tender with the Belarusian government to build 135 advanced cow milking parlors across the country.

Prisoner Exchanged for Gilad Shalit Returning to Prison

One of the 1,027 terrorists released last year in exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit will return to jail to finish his previously set term.

Russia Evicts USAID

The Russian government has evicted the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), according to the US State Department, accusing the organization of using its money to influence elections.

Iran: Saboteurs Infiltrated IAEA, Blew Up Nuke Power Lines

Iran's nuclear chief said the country's nuclear program had been attacked twice by elements related to the U.S. military.

Civilized Rage

In the midst of a sea of volatile rage—much of it well orchestrated—that's sweeping the Muslim world over all the little slights that make...

5,000 Housing Unit Lots for Sale Across Israel

3 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
The Ministry of Housing and Construction and the Israel Land Authority have announced that land will be market across the country for 5,000 housing units. The Housing Ministry said it hopes to bring the total number of new housing units to 35,000, as it did in 2010 and 2011.

Closed: The Last Synagogue in Egypt

29 Elul 5772 – September 16, 2012
Fears for the future of religious minorities in Egypt were accentuated earlier this month when it was announced that the last synagogue in the country would be closed down. The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, which had operated in Alexandria, was the last functioning center of Jewish life in the country. It is now clear that its cavernous halls, built in the nineteenth century, will not be open to worshippers hoping to mark Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services this year.

Postcard from Israel – Hatzav

Drimia Maritima, or the Sea Squill, is known in Hebrew as Hatzav (from the word Hatzeva; quarrying, hewing or tunnelling) probably due to the ability...

Photo Essay: Palestinians Protest

29 Elul 5772 – September 15, 2012
Arabs in Gaza, Jerusalem, Yafo and the Israeli territories protested against America, free speech, and the "Innocence" movie. From Al Qaida supporting Salafists to...

It’s My Opinion: Precautions

27 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
A dear friend recently shared a family story. Her grandfather had come to America before World War II to test the prospects of relocating his family in the new country.

Obama Apologizing for Egypt’s Failure to Protect our Embassy

Egypt tells us everything we need to know about the horror of Obama's Middle East policy. The latest development is that a group of several Salafist and Jihadist groups--including the local affiliate of al-Qaida--announced a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy. This was explained as a protest against some obscure film made in America by a crackpot that criticizes Islam but has never actually been shown to an audience and probably never will be!

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